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Thompson Sub Machine Gun .45



Boys Anti Tank Rifle 5.5



Z Rocket Battery



Northover Projector with Self igniting phosphorous Grenade (known as SIP)



​M1917 [P17] Rifle as issued to the Home Guard July 1940 



The weapons to hand were very limited as most weapons and artillery had been left in France when the BEF was evacuated from Dunkirk .

The LDV found that the issue of rifles as promised by Winston Churchill were totally inadequate so shotguns and .22 rifles were found locally with the police stations being the collection points.These were issued as soon as possible but the priority was to the most exposed areas, such as the south coast. The first issue of .303 SMLE (Short Magazine Lee Enfield ) with 5 rounds of ammo per rifle went to these Home Guard Battalions.  By September 1940, the Government had arranged for the supply of a large number of M1917 rifles from America, these were known in the UK as the P17.  





Smith Gun with Limber



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